Research in CBERD
Currently there are five research foci in CBERD. These areas are dynamic in that they change from time to time depending upon the research interests of our supporting industries, the Industrial Advisory Board, CBERD’s Strategic Plan and CBERD’s Research Roadmap.
Focus areas are:
1. Feedstock Development – Improve performance of targeted bioenergy systems using the tools of agronomy, plant breeding, and genomics, and conduct assessments of bioenergy systems’ potential through field productivity trials and resource characterization.
2. Bioprocessing Microbes and Enzymes – Identify and develop effective enzymes, organisms and consortia to process the complex structure and composition of cellulose, hemi-cellulose, and lignin to produce a promising source of catalysts and processing capability for converting biomass into useful and valuable fuels, chemicals, and materials.
3. Biomass to Bio-products: New Platform Technologies – Investigate existing and novel platform technologies including both single or staged processes, that convert biomass to useful products through biochemical and thermochemical pathways with benign materials, second generation biofuels derived from non-food sources, higher energy efficiencies, and lowered operating temperatures and pressures.
4. Modeling and Process Lifecycle Analysis – Construct models (mechanistic, empirical, economic, etc.) of bioenergy systems and conduct targeted analyses that will aid design, inform decision making, and identify life cycle impacts.
5. Biofuels Use and Co-Product Development – Identify and develop commercially viable co-products at any point throughout the entire bioprocess from feedstock pretreatment to core product production for the purpose of improving biorefinery economics, safety, and environmental impact of bioenergy production.
A research roadmap was developed by CBERD’s executive director, university site directors, and the Industrial Advisory Board. This roadmap was developed by examining the strengths of each of the participating universities, needs and desires of CBERD’s industrial sponsors, current research underway in the center, and potential areas of growth. Our research roadmap is available upon request. Please contact our site director Duane Abata at [email protected] for further information.